COVID-19 Preparedness

Dateline: January 14, 2022

A Note from Pastor Randall: In person worship has been cancelled due to rising numbers in COVID, flu and RSV. We will be streaming live on Facebook. We will resume in person worship February 6. I hope everyone understands. We are wanting to have everyone stay safe. We pray for the numbers to go down. We hope you understand. Thanks for your love and support.

Date Line: January 8, 2022

A new year brings new opportunities! Fairview leaders urge everyone to keep the faith, continuing in prayer to our Father for protection and healing in our land and in the world, for relief from fear, and for staying our resolution to be good and faithful servants to Him and our fellow men. Numbers go up and numbers go down and back up again. But we have to remember that God is always with us, omnipresent, before us, behind us, and at our side, no matter what the world throws at us. We don’t always understand His ways, but we trust that His ways are good and true, and that if we keep His words in our heart it will all be clear some day. Hear the words in the song, “You Are Mine” by David Haas: “I will come to you in the silence; I will lift you from all your fear; You will hear my voice; I claim you as my choice; Be still, and know I am near.

Date Line: October 9, 2021

With many in our congregation taking advantage of the availability of COVID booster shots, and the decreasing number of cases in East Tennessee, the Worship Committee has made the decision to bring back our adult choir to practice on Thursdays at 7:00 pm, and to bring special music to Sunday morning worship. Contact if you have any questions or concerns, or if you just want to sing!

Date Line: August 4, 2021

With the rise in numbers of cases of Coronavirus in East Tennessee, Fairview church leaders now recommend that anyone attending a worship service or small group gathering at the church should wear a mask, regardless of whether they have received a vaccine. Also, the choir has been suspended until further notice. Music by individuals or small groups are still permitted and welcome. Please be safe!

Date Line: April 21, 2021

With the implementation of the Coronavirus vaccine, we are beginning to open up a little more on Sunday mornings. Many in our congregation have had the vaccine, and are beginning to come back to Sunday School and Worship in the Sanctuary. On Easter Sunday we saw several folks who haven’t been there in the past year due to the pandemic, and we were so thankful to see them. The Friends in Christ Class has been totally via conference call in the past year, but on Easter Sunday those Faithful Friends came in to the Old Fellowship Hall for class presented in person by Mark and Kathy Shelton. It was so wonderful to see them all again! Conference Call is still available for those who are not quite ready to attend in person. Mrs. Anita has opened the children’s class for in-person attendance, with masks, and we were able to have music in the sanctuary with both the piano and organ for Easter Worship. It was a beautiful Easter Sunday, both inside and outside, and we praise God for His faithfulness and Mercy! For more on Fairview’s Holy Week 2021, go to this link:

Date Line: December 1, 2020

On November 8, 2020, Fairview UMC was able to have the first worship service in the Sanctuary since COVID restrictions began in March. Masks and social distancing are still required, and temperatures are being checked at the door in order to comply with requirements for gathering in the church. Fairview will continue to live-stream the 11:00 worship on Facebook indefinitely, since this is the only way some of the congregation can attend. All Sunday School classes remain available via Zoom and conference call.

The Fairview Sanctuary is open again! Though we continue to move forward carefully, we invite all to worship with us either in person or virtually. You are loved and welcome!

Date line: October 11, 2020

With the cooler weather, and with the latest word from Bishop Taylor, Fairview UMC has moved Sunday Worship from outside into the Fellowship Hall in accordance with the COVID protocol approved by District Superintendent Lauri Jo Cranford. Though we did enjoy outside worship, we needed to consider the changing of the seasons as well as protection from the virus. Additionally, we are still live-streaming the service on Facebook for those who are not ready, or not able, to attend in person.

Along with the Worship service, we have been able to move the Youth class and the Adult Sunday School class inside, with Zoom available if needed. Children five years old and older may meet with the Youth until such time as it is considered safe for them to return to their own classes. The Friends in Christ Class is still meeting via conference call. We are all grateful to Mark and Kathy Shelton for leading this class, the more vulnerable of our church family.

For clarity, here is a recap of our current weekly schedule:

  • Sunday Morning Adult Class – 10:00 AM in-person and on Zoom.
  • Sunday Morning Friends in Christ Class – 10:00 AM via conference call.
  • Sunday Morning Youth Class – 10:00 AM in-person.
  • Sunday Morning Worship – 11:00 AM in-person and on Facebook.
  • Wednesday Evening Youth Class – 6:30 PM in-person.
  • Wednesday Evening Adult Devotions – 7:00 PM in-person and on Zoom.
  • Thursday Evening Choir Practice – 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary.

We have also received approval from Lauri Jo to re-start our Third Saturday Breakfast on a drive-thru basis. This breakfast has been a part of the community-wide effort by different churches in the area, offering breakfast on alternating Saturdays. We cannot invite the community to gather and eat together in the Fellowship Hall, which has been our custom, just yet; we will, however, have a boxed breakfast ready for anyone to drive up and pick up for a donation. This will begin on November 17th.

Fairview’s Trunk-or-Treat will be held this year on October 25th, beginning at 5:00 PM. Children can be brought in their parents’ cars down the driveway beside the church and around the cemetery loop back out to Hwy 81. Church members will be waiting along the way to greet them and hand out bagged treats.

More Fall Fun is being planned for the Youth and Children on October 24th. Plans are incomplete as of this date. Please contact Sam Bartee or Anita Hensley for details.

Date Line: July 14, 2020

Fairview UMC has maintained a strong presence during the Coronavirus outbreak by means of Facebook and Zoom, replacing our physical gatherings with live-streaming and zooming since March 15th. Who knew that we would depend on technology to hold our church family together during a pandemic such as this. It has been like walking through a fog, unsure of which way to go and often second-guessing ourselves. But then, God always shows us a path to Him if we only believe and trust in Him.

On June 14th, we began to break out of the fog with a Sunday morning worship service outdoors, under the picnic shed. With the new rules we must abide by in order to stay active in the conference, all participants and attendees are required to wear masks; so if you have one be sure to bring it. If you do not have a mask or forget to bring it, one will be provided for you.

The picnic tables are removed. Social distancing guidelines are observed. Everyone is encouraged to bring a folding chair; families or members of the same household may sit closer together if desired. You may also bring a blanket to sit on in the grass just outside the picnic area, where social distancing should still be observed.

Unfortunately, there can be no congregational singing or spoken liturgy, and hugging and hand shaking is not permitted. Entry to the church building is not permitted except to those pre-authorized in preparation for the service.

Fairview has devised a plan to hold Sunday morning worship in the Fellowship Hall when permitted by the Conference. This plan has been approved by the District Superintendent, and we are waiting more news from the conference as to when that can happen – another step forward in our progress toward triumphing over the virus!

The same requirements for masks and distancing will be observed as in the picnic shed service; however, the tables and chairs will not be removed. They will be covered with sanitized disposable material. The Fellowship Hall, kitchen, and adjacent rest rooms are the only areas of the church that will be accessible, and entry and exit will be clearly marked. Hand sanitizers will be available, as will optional temperature checks upon entry.

Anyone who does not feel well, has health issues, or just is not comfortable coming out just yet is encouraged to stay home and join us on Facebook. Please use the Contact Us link below to be added to contacts for Zoom or Conference Call Classes. We are so joyful that we are able to gather again, even if it is limited, but we want everyone to be safe and we are doing our best to make sure the physical church is a healthy place to gather and worship with friends and family.